Yesterday I took advantage of the $0.25 shipping on the e.l.f. (makeup) website. At the last minute I remembered to use Ebates, and I'm glad I did. Honestly, when I first started reading about Ebates, I thought "come on, what's the point?". But I try to remind myself to go through Ebates every time I want to make an online purchase. I actually have $13 in my Ebates account which is pretty great considering it's 2% here, 3% there. It's not too hard to remember to use it when most blogs remind you about it when they are telling you some store's coupon deal. Here's how it works if you've never heard of it: Ebates is a cash back program. You sign up for a free account, and then when you're already thinking about purchasing something, search the Ebates website to see if the store you are wanting to purchase through is on the list. If it is, just by doing your shopping through the Ebates link instead of going directly to the store's website, you get a percentage of your purchase back! Now, my $13 is racked up over months of small online purchases, but hey, it's better than getting nothing! Absolutely nothing is different except that you get to the store's website through Ebates instead of on your own. And sometimes you find out about coupon codes through Ebates that you didn't know existed!
So, as you start doing your holiday shopping, I highly suggest you use one of the cash back programs like Ebates to lighten the load a bit. I've seen stores go as high as 8% during special promotions, so it really is worth it. For example, my purchase through e.l.f. yesterday was about $12. They are offering 4% cash back right now for e.l.f., so in a day or two, about $0.50 will be deposited into my Ebates account. Easy right? Give it a try. And feel free to let me know if I need to explain it a bit better.